Friday, February 21, 2014

What is a goal without rewards?

One of my 2014 goals is to lose 100 pounds.


I'm not going to lie, it is not easy to type those words. In fact, I wrote those first two lines and then walked away for a bit. Shut the computer and just left. I had to walk away from those words. One hundred pounds. It's shameful.

But. I can do this. I have to. For my husband. For my children.

For myself.

Before I found out I was pregnant with C, I joined slimgenics. I quickly, and easily, lost 30 pounds in two months. I say easily, because when I followed the plan, it worked. I was eating great. Healthy, natural, fresh foods, and I actually was allowed so much food I had a hard time fitting it all in. I went back to SG shortly after C was born, but as you all know, BAM, I was quickly pregnant again with M. You cannot do slimgenics while you are pregnant, so my goal was simply to not gain more weight than my doctor wanted me to. Which, at my weight, isn't much. I actually walked out of the hospital with M weighing less than I had when I walked in.

January 1st I was back on the wagon. I was eating on plan and I was feeling fantastic. Then more breastfeeding problems crept in. I wasn't eating enough calories to keep up my supply, so I decided to jump off the wagon for a bit. Breastfeeding is important to me, and I have goals I do not want to jeopardize.

HOWEVER, I've taken it too far. I can eat much more healthy than I am right now. And I'm not exercising nearly enough. (Why can I not spell that word? Exercising?)

Wednesday was my 35th birthday. It is time for me to be serious about this. I'm enlisting you, my friends, to keep me on track. Make me get out to the gym, they have free childcare with our membership, I should be going so I can shower alone if nothing else!

I'm going to give myself rewards for meeting every 10 pounds. Sometimes a big reward, sometimes a little one. But I'm going to do it. I have thought about it, and none of them will be food, but they will all be body related.

Here's what I've come up with:
10: massage (I got a gift certificate for Christmas I'm going to use, so this is even free!)
20: pedicure
30: new bras (I imagine I will be done nursing by this time too, so man will these be needed)
40: new makeup
50: new workout clothes
60: haircut and color
70: new winter coat
80: all new shoes
90: all new accessories
100: All new wardrobe

When I hit 80, 90, and 100, I will probably postpone those rewards so I can buy them all at once, and have pieces that work together. But once I've gotten that far, the results I'm seeing will hopefully be motivation enough.

How are your 2014 goals coming along? Update me. How about rewards? Any great ideas for body-related rewards? I'm open to changing some of these!


  1. Good on you, Mrs. DMVH. 100# is a formidable goal, but you're already off to a good start by breaking it into chunks (heh - unintentional) and assigning rewards to each of the milestones. You also have a plan, a nutrition and exercise plan (I can't spell it either). Focus 85% of your effort on the food, that's really where it's at. A person (me) can't expect to eat Chipotle daily and "walk it off". You can do this and I'm gonna do it with you. I want to unload 40# by Labor Day, so we're in this together. Who's going to get their pedicure first?

    1. I just sent you an email on this very idea. :)

  2. The rewards are a good idea! I may have to use that idea for myself!

    1. Keep me updated on your progress!

  3. My reward/motivation for exercising is not having to feel guilty about the dog. Seriously, if we don't go for a walk she'll sit in front of me for hours with a look of utter betrayal in her eyes. Of course, there's only so much I'm willing to do. We'll go for a five mile walk and half an hour later she's back sitting in front of me wanting me to go outside and play soccer. Crazy dog.



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